By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (July 23, 2015) — Less than two weeks after being hired as head boys basketball coach at Lingleville, Zane Morris backed out Monday afternoon to accept an assistant coaching position at Lubbock High School.
“I’m disappointed for the school and for Lingleville, but mostly I’m disappointed for our kids who we are here to serve,” said Lingleville superintendent Curt Haley. “But all we can do is move forward with the same plan – to find the best coach and leader for our young men.”
Haley immediately began conducting interviews to fill the position.
“I informed my board members and we’re good to go. I already had an interview last night and have two scheduled for today,” Haley said. “There is no time to waste here, it’s time to make things happen.”
Zane Morris, the younger brother of past Lingleville coach Jance Morris, will be the first assistant at Lubbock High, where he will have no football duties. Zane was set to replace Kade Eckert, who was 75-21 in three seasons at Lingleville, reaching two regional tournaments and winning three area titles. Eckert left to accept a 2A girls job in his hometown of Harper, about 80 miles west of San Antonio.
Lingleville certainly isn’t the only district scrambling to fill vacancies.
“It’s amazing how many jobs are open all across the state right now,” said Haley. “It’s been a crazy year with teachers and coaches moving and shuffling all around.”